Also known as: Senior Toolpusher.
Drillers move, set up and operate drilling rigs and related equipment to drill holes for mineral exploration and oil and gas production. As a Senior Driller, you are expected to have strong knowledge in the equipment used, the methods deployed, rock and earth densities, and be able to guide workers.
- Move rigs onto site and set them up;
- Position drills and set angles and depths;
- Start and stop drills and coordinate utility workers on site;
- Check equipment and progress throughout operation;
- Operate secondary equipment, such as pumps (air and mud) and equipment used to prevent and correct problems;
- Record performance details and take drill core samples;
- Carry out minor maintenance and repairs; and
- Dismantle and move rig to next site.
- Help move drilling rigs and equipment from site to site, set up in the new site and connect power cables or hoses for water and air supply;
- Help obtain drilling core samples;
- Dig and clean mud pits and drains;
- Mix and test drilling fluids, chemicals and grout;
- Assist in slotting, welding and inserting casing screens;
- Assist with well development and pumping tests;
- Operate equipment, such as pumps for air, water and mud;
- Use equipment and tools to correct problems in drilled holes caused by ;mechanical breakdowns or by harmful natural conditions;
- Carry out minor maintenance and repairs, including lubrication and cleaning; and
- Clean and maintain equipment, drill and camp sites.
$70,000 - $130,000